Apart from science fiction and action movies, one could say that the next category of movies that people love to watch are usually the historical movies. This is because a lot of people would love to know more about the history of the world, but might not be able to read books and research theses of historians to get accurate fact. So, they opt for the option that informs them and also entertains them.
These historical movies do all they can to get their facts right before putting the movie out. These facts include everything from how the people and cities looked, to what they wore, to what they eat and many more. So, whenever a movie gives an inaccurate pictures of history, they are not only annoying historians, but misinforming the world. However, education is not necessarily their job; entertainment is, and entertainment does not have to be based on facts.
In 2008, one of the biggest movies ever released was 10,000 BC, an historical movie about happenings of 100 centuries BC. However, this is the movie that has annoyed the historians the most, such that it has attained a position of the most historically inaccurate movie ever produced.
For some reason or reasons, film makers believe that historical movies are not enough as just history, so they try to spice it up with something to appeal to the audience’s emotion – romance. For instance, in the epic movie, which was drawn from history, Titanic, there was no Jack and Rose, but in this day, the Titanic is remembered for the romance between Jack and Rose during the crisis. This happens in many historical movies, but the movie industry experts probably see it as the way to go, because “romance always makes a good movie”.
In the movie, 10000 BC, love and romance is also added to the action packed history. The basic plot was about a prehistoric mammoth hunter who had lost the love of his life and must do everything possible to find her and save her. Clearly, this is fiction but could the other historical details not have been accurately depicted?
Historians have mentioned that too many parts of the movie are historically inaccurate. One of these inadequacies was in the titling because as at 10000 BC, the most of the animals that were popularly used in the movie, which includes the saber-toothed tigers, some carnivorous birds and woolly mammoths, were already extinct.
In the movie, there were too many modern activities going on. The community was fairly civilized, and the community was structured and organized. None of these were true, and neither were the pyramids and codified languages used in the movie in existence. They only came to be after 7000 years.
The movie was wrong in both ways, bringing extinct elements together with elements that were not yet in existence. Although it can be agreed that making a historical movie that is very accurate may not be that easy, it is quite easy to get the facts of when what was and what was not when for such a huge project.